Martin van Maële  

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Martin van Miële (12 October 1863 – 5 September 1926) was a French illustrator of literature. He is renowned for his work in the field of erotic literature. His works include and an illustrated version of La Sorcière (1862) by Jules Michelet.


Family relationships

He was born in the commune of Boulogne sur Seine, once an important industrial town, near Paris, France, to Flemish mother Virginie Mathilde Jeanne van Maële and French father Louis Alfred Martin (himself an engraver and later a teacher at the Beaux-Arts school in Geneva). His pseudonym, Martin van Maële, is a combination of his mother's maiden name and his father's surname. He also sometimes used the pseudonym A. Van Troizem.

He married Marie Françoise Genet; the couple had no children. He died on 5 September 1926, aged 62, and was interred in the cemetery of Varennes-Jarcy.

Life and career

He worked at Brussels as well as Paris, and his best known work – consisting among other things of an illustrated edition of Paul Verlaine's poems – was published in small, secretive editions by publisher Charles Carrington. The prints are considered both humoristic and satirical, sometimes cynical.

Van Maële's career is said to have really begun with his illustrations for H. G. Wells in Les Premiers Hommes dans la Lune (or The First Men in the Moon), published by Félix Juven in 1901.

The title later became the classic 1902 sci-fi silent film called Le Voyage Dans La Lune, produced by Georges Méliès. Van Maële also illustrated Anatole France's Thais, published by Charles Carrington, also in 1901. The following year, and occasionally thereafter, van Maële worked as an illustrator for the Félix Juven's French translations of the Sherlock Holmes series. He is widely renowned and mostly remembered for his erotic illustrations, two examples of which are on this page.



  • The Satyrical Drawings of Martin van Maële.



  • Martin van Maële, La Grande Danse macabre des vifs, Charles Carrington, 1905. 40 drawings. New edition by Déesse, Nanterre, 1980.
  • Martin van Maële, The satyrical drawings of Martin van Maële, Cythera Press, New York, 1970.
  • Luc Binet, Martin Van Maele ou le diable se cache dans les détails. Catalogue raisonné, Humus, Lausanne, 2017.

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Satan, Foreplay, Sadism and masochism in fiction, Black magic, Foot fetishism, Tentacle erotica, Public sex, Charles Sorel, sieur de Souvigny, Lesbian erotica, Louis Legrand, Theistic Satanism, Satanism and Witchcraft (book), European witchcraft, Édouard-Henri Avril, Reporting of child pornography images on Wikimedia Commons, Charles Carrington, Thaïs (novel), Lot No. 249

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